Pharmacy apologizes for selling a racially offensive skin-whitening mask.
A PHARMACEUTICAL STORE has apologized for carrying a skin-whitening mask.
The director of Westbury Pharmacy in north Bristol said he had no idea the item was on the shelves, labeled it “racially inappropriate,” and removed it from the shelves. Purederm, a Korean business, says that the masks would improve skin through a “visible whitening, anti-aging, and moisturising treatment.”
“I popped in and was waiting at the counter to collect it,” one mother, who went to the drugstore to pick up a prescription for her 10-year-old child, said. I noticed this box and thought to myself, ‘Perhaps I misunderstood, perhaps it’s for teeth or something.’
“I thought to myself, ‘That’s simply mental.'” When the pharmacist returned with the prescription, I simply inquired why he was selling this drug.
“He appeared to have never registered that product before and had no idea what it was. ‘Oh, I don’t know,’ he responded.
“I told him, ‘It’s a skin whitening facial – that’s just not acceptable; you shouldn’t be selling these items in this day and age, least alone in Bristol, where the population is so diverse.’
“He sounded surprised and responded, ‘Yeah, I agree, I’ll speak with my supervisor.’ ‘Oh God, that’s shocking,’ said a couple folks in line behind me.’
That is simply unacceptable; you should not be selling these products in this day and age, least alone in the multicultural city of Bristol.
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The mother, who works as a teacher in the neighborhood, said she had heard of skin bleaching creams in the media but had never seen one.
“I don’t know if they’re sold outside as a beauty standard, but in our society, it’s just not acceptable,” she continued. That is, in essence, racist.
“Is the drugstore uninterested in the products? When you walk into an NHS pharmacy, you expect to be able to trust what’s on the shelves.
“You think it’s been vetted because it’s there for your health. It’s nice that he agreed with me, but you have to ask why it was on the shelf to begin with.”
The pharmacy’s director, Mitul Patel, told Bristol Live that he had no idea the £3.87 item was being stocked and described the product as “appalling” and “racially offensive.”
The distributor was Fortuna Healthcare. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”